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Violet Dancer - Argia fumipennis violacea

Native Species

Global Rank: G5T5
State Rank: S4

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General Description
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Range Comments
Found only in far eastern Montana in slow streams, but also found in warm springs in the Little Rocky Mountains (Blaine and Phillips Cos.) (Miller and Gustafson 1996).

Warm springs in the Little Rocky Mountains (Blaine and Phillips Cos.); slow streams in far eastern Montana (Miller and Gustafson 1996).

Food Habits
Larvae feed on a wide variety of aquatic insects, such as mosquito larvae, other aquatic fly larvae, mayfly larvae, and freshwater shrimp.
Adult- This damselfly will eat almost any soft-bodied flying insect including mosquitoes, flies, small moths, mayflies, and flying ants or termites.

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